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In 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped underground for 69 days. The incident transfixed the world as the brave miners experienced and overcame adversity. The vent provides the backdrop for students to read, listen to, and view supporting clips while learning to write more with depth and intention. Students will read a book excerpt from Hector Tobar’s Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free published in The New Yorker. A 60 Minutes episode on the Chilean miners is utilized to study the rhetorical situation. Teaching materials are included to guide students to understand the writer's context, purpose and rhetorical strategies used to craft such engaging and masterful prose.
An interview with The 33 film director, Patricia Riggen, is used for rhetorical situation study. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP-style rubric.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar to support the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
New in December 2018:
Added a rhetorical analysis writing/discussion prompt, including resources to help teach the rhetorical analysis. Also added purpose analysis graphic organizer.